Following its most recent back-to-back winning performance, the NT was drawn to meet South Australia in a final at Harrup Park (Harrup Park 5 – Roy Trevaskis Oval) in a T20 contest. The Territory couldn’t replicate its previous meeting and went down by seven wickets after failing to register a competitive score when batting.

NT won the toss and decided to bat first and again switched around its batting order - this time it was Jayllen Naganayagam and Harshtik Bimbral who opened, and the plan backfired when Patrick Weckert dismissed both Bimbral (10) and Awad Naqvi in quick succession and after eight overs the score was 2-38.

 

Naganayagam was unperturbed by the fall of wickets and powered his way to 51 (34 balls, 2x4, 4x6) before he was dismissed with the score at 81 but with SA bowling disciplined lines, the NT struggled and could only manage 5-127 after their allotted 20 overs.

 

SA had clearly done some homework and learned valuable lessons from the last time the teams met, where the Territory took the points. This time, a measured but aggressive start saw southerners race to 1-50 from six overs before Nick Wheeler dealt with skipper Isaac Higgins (18, 9 balls).

 

Thereafter, the scant Territory total was always within reach of even the least reasonable of teams. Zac McCabe (44) and Samuel Rahaley (40) added 84 for the second wicket and despite losing a late flurry of wickets, the pair had weathered the storm and carried their side home at 3-130.

 

Participating in his second Championship for the NT Jayllen Naganayagam was a bit disappointed with his early form but was happy with his half-century in the final game.

“I kept getting out a bit softly early in the tournament but was happy with my form today,” Naganayagam said.

 

“This is my second time with the NT, and I love playing with the team – and its great that some youngsters are on the rise,

 

“We were successful, but I reckon the signs are good for the future.”

 

 

A Territory highlight was the selection of all-rounder Tom Menzies in the team of the tournament.

 

“I wasn’t really expecting to be selected and was really nervous when my name was called and I had to go up front with the other selected players,” said Menzies.”

 

“I’m a bit overwhelmed by it all but it will inspire me to get better and see how far I can go.

 

“We had a good tournament with a couple of wins and although today was disappointing, we bowled well enough but didn’t have the runs on the board.”

 

 

Match Scores: South Australia 3-130 (18.2) (Zac McCabe 44, Samuel Rahaley 40) d Northern Territory 5-127 (20) (Jayllen Naganayagam 51, Tom Kelaart 26; Patrick Weckert 3-5).